Singing the ABCs

No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally, and often far more, worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.Β  ~ C.S. Lewis

When my 3 1/2 year old grand daughter is sick, she sings the ABCs in her sleep. There’s something about the letters and the rhythms that seem to comfort her. Letters, woven into words in a wide variety of ways, have long been a comfort to me.

Thank you, Drucilla@ Drucilla Mott for sharing the ABC Award with me. I believe the original instructions are: Add the logo to your site, pass it on to other bloggers, and then use the alphabet to make a list of words describing yourself so that your readers will learn more about you.

I’m passing this award along to:

Kate @ Believe Anyway

Melissa @ iamnotshe

Jen @ Step on a Crack

Jeff @ Revelling in the Overflowing Grace of God

Caddo @ Caddo Veil

Paulann @ Growthlines…

I’ve decided to vary a bit from the rules myself. I’m listing 2 books that I’ve enjoyed that begin with each letter. These aren’t necessarily my all time favorites as so many of the books I love seem to start with letters like T and S and G! But this will fulfill the intent of helping you get to know me a bit better and, hopefully, introduce you to a few new authors. The list is a random mix of genres. My apologies for not acknowledging other awards. I’ll try to get to them soon.

This prologue has taken 300 words so my 2 minutes are up. Scan the list at your leisure, if you wish. And thank you for your prayers! It looks like a job will be provided by the week’s end. You’ve prayed me into the middle of nowhere, so internet availability is in question. πŸ˜‰


AAnimal Farm– George Orwell; Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons– Lorna Ladvik

BBlack Like Me-John Howard Griffin; Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

CComplete Green Letters– Miles Stanford; Compassion– Henri Nouwen

DDelighting God– Victoria Brooks; Don’t Take My Grief Away– Doug Manning

EEmperor of the Air– Ethan Cain; Everlasting Man- G.K. Chesterton

FFairy Tales– George MacDonald; Farewell to Arms– Earnest Hemingway

GGood Night Moon– Margaret Wise Brown; Glass Castle– Jeanette Walls

H – (the) Help– Kathryn Stockett ; (the)Hobbit- J.R.R. Tolkien

IInterior Castle– Teresa of Avila; Inside Out- Larry Crabb

JJust Folks– Edward A. Guest; Jack Dwyer Series– Ed Gorman

KKeeping Faith– Jodi Picoult; (To) Kill a Mockingbird– Harper Lee

LLife Expectancy– Dean Koontz; Lillith– George MacDonald

M Metamorphosis– Franz Kafka; Memory Keeper’s Daughter– Kim Edwards

N No Man is an Island– Thomas Merton; Nineteen Eighty Four– George Orwell

OOdd Thomas– Dean Koontz; Of Mice and Men– John Steinbeck

P – Pilgrims Regress- C.S. Lewis; Picture of Dorian Gray- Oscar Wilde

QQuiet in His Presence– Jan Harris; (Don) Quixote– Miguel de Cervantes πŸ˜€

RRagamuffin Gospel– Brennan Manning; Rule of Four- Ian Caldwell/ Dustin Thomason

SScrewtape Letters– C.S. Lewis; Shadow of the Almighty– Elizabeth Elliot

TThoughts on Solitude– Thomas Merton; Thinking in Pictures– Temple Grandin

U – (an) Unquiet Mind– Kay Redfield Jamison; Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul– Erwin Raphael McManus

V –Β  Velveteen Rabbit– Margery Williams; Voyage of the Dawn Treader– C.S. Lewis

W – What’s So Amazing About Grace– Philip Yancey : Wisdom of Tenderness– Brennan Manning

X – I can’t remember reading any books that begin with X?

Y – Your God is Too Small-Β J.B. Phillips; Ya Ya Sisterhood(the Divine Secrets)- Rebecca Wells πŸ˜€

ZZelda– F. Scott Fitzgerald – this is my one and only Z title

Author: Debbie

A former counselor and public speaker, I'm grateful for many, many things - God's grace most of all!

34 thoughts on “Singing the ABCs”

  1. Congratulations on your ABC Award!
    As the originator of this award you may be interested to know that I have now set up a Facebook group for all bloggers who have been given the ABC Award – a place for you to meet new bloggers, and share and support each other. You can join the group here:
    Please also let any other bloggers, that you know have been given the award, know about this group too – then we can all ‘spread the word’
    I have also set up a Facebook page – the ABC Award – where you can now add links to all of your blog posts and writing – share your work with a new audience, gain new readers, and find out what other ABC Award bloggers are writing about.
    You can find the page here:
    Just ‘like’ the page and get started – and do let all your blog readers know about this page – I believe that all of our blogs can only be improved by letting our readers know about other blogs – that way you will also have new readers discover you too!
    Happy blogging – and congratulations again on the ABC Award – you’re awesome!

    1. Kate – I figure anyone who would come up with something as special as the Candle Lighter award is someone we’d all like to get to know better! πŸ˜€
      ~ Debbie

    1. katharine – I had 4 English classes my senior year in high school (we were on the modular system and had 8 mods). One was a small group – I think there were just 5 or 6 of us. We did a lot of unusual reading. Beowulf, Kafka, Dovskysky. In retrospect, I guess Metamorphosis is kind of creepy but I really liked it. Not sure what that says about me since I really don’t like bugs… πŸ˜‰
      ~ Debbie

      1. Definitely unusual, but that was the draw for me. Dostoevsky, too, drew me in with something different from the usual Nancy Drew, or whatever. πŸ™‚
        Sounds elitist, but I was wierd, I guess, and a guy I liked a lot did love Kafka. πŸ™‚
        I wonder–does anyone outside of high school English class ever read these? Ha!

      2. Seems to me you liked the Kafka because of the Change that overcame him. Not bugs. Yuck.

        Hey. This is sad: kids ‘these days’ don’t read this stuff unless they are in advanced classes in high school now. This whole ‘dumbing down’ thing is REAL!

        Not a good sign.

        XO. J

      3. Jen – Quite right. The change – the Metamorphosis was fascinating to me. And it’s truly sad how little great lit is taught in school now (sounding really old, I know).
        All’s not lost. My 5 year old grand daughter recently corrected my daughter (who was a double major Writing/Lit in college) for saying who instead of whom. Maybe the young ones are learning more than I’d thought (although, my guess it has more to do with her Mom than her Kindergarten class)! πŸ˜‰

  2. Gracious one . . .you did it again! πŸ™‚ Got an award and then figured out a way to bless everyone. Loved the book list and love books. Thanks for sharing some of yours with us. And you have me smiling about us praying you into the middle of no where, while prior to that you were just off to the side! haha! May this job be a time of blessing to you, a special time of seeing God at work right along side you. Love and prayers until there is internet again! the other deb

    1. Dearest Deb – Well, as you know by now, the job didn’t work out too well, but It is well with my soul! πŸ˜€
      I’m looking forward to spending time catching up with you!
      ~ Debbie

    1. Hullo sarsm! Welcome to TMG! I figured, since they aren’t broadcast live, we have the freedom to take our time with them. Awards on blogs, like Feb and March on TV, seem to come in batches. I can’t imagine anyone wants to read posts about them here on consecutive days.
      I’ll head on over your way and see what’s been on your mind!
      ~ Debbie

  3. Dear Debbie!

    I LOVE your ABC’s SO much!

    This is wonderful. Not only did I learn more about You but I have titles to add to my reading list!

    Thank you very very much for sending this my way! This will be so darn Fun! It is a very cool thing to do.

    I adore you.

    I am sorry we prayed you into the middle of nowhere. I hope it is that much closer to work.

    ; )

    XO Jen

    ( PS: Grandma Sandy’s birthday is coming. I think my son might really enjoy doing an ABC I love you gift!)

    1. Oh Jen – I’m glad you’re glad! I know the timing was terrible but I how could I not put you on the list? Since these awards are never expire, you can do what you want with it at you own pace. πŸ˜€

      It appears y’all have prayed us into a job about 50 miles from the nearest grocery store. We thought we were in the middle of nowhere before, but I guess we were just off to one side.

      We have 30 gallons of water in the back of the pickup, ready to roll Saturday or Sunday. I have no idea how far we’ll be from a cell tower. We’ll see if we have any ‘connectivity’ out in the wilds of southern Texas!

      An ABC I love you gift is a such a wonderful idea! A sure heart melter for a Grandma!
      love to you,

  4. Jeesh! You can’t imagine how relieved i was to find out i didn’t have to list a lot of books, or create an interesting way to acknowledge your gracious nomination for ABC’s. You are quite the creative lady! Drusilla is right! xoxo melis

    1. melis – LOL! No worries! You can do anything you want with it. I doubt if anyone else has or will do a book list – just my quirk. (I don’t recommend it, it took forever) πŸ˜€
      We know a bit about you, but there’s so much more to learn!
      ~ Debbie

  5. Congratulations. A great list of books. I have read a lot of them and would offer up for X, the musical Xanadu but I’m not sure there was a book by this name…the story was based on the life of Kubla Khan….

  6. Congratulations, Debbie!! Oh my goodness, another wonderful award that contains a challenge! I may not be ready for the alphabet deal…so I’ll just sit quietly (significant challenge for the jumping up and down Caddo, you know). Have a blessed day!!

    1. Oh dear, I just read that back–does it sound presumptuous? I meant that, “Not having been offered the award, anyhow”, I’ll gracefully sit back quietly…good grief, already. I’m feeling bad that I left a few people off my nominations list yesterday…

    2. Sorry to disappoint you Caddo, my friend. Clearly you didn’t get the memo. I lost my internet and some of the links failed in the original post. Possibly you’d better take another look at my list.
      Sorry. I know your mantel is full. I couldn’t help myself. As we all say – no pressure – but you are one interesting Sister!
      ~ Debbie

      1. Oh, Debbie! I hardly know what to say–which is perilously close to a bald-faced (is that phrase in the same book with “right as rain”??) lie, as when do I ever lack for chatter? Heaven’s to Betsy Ross–I’ll definitely need a new get-up for the ceremony, and it may take days to write another speech….is this starting to sound like that, “she doth protest too much”??

        Seriously, I nearly choked on choc cookie (they’re all gone now, thank the Lord) when I got your email, sending me back over here to read the official notification. Of course, I’ll accept, Sister–(I don’t have a mantel, actually, but I do have plenty of cardboard boxes in the bedroom)–and a gracious, joyful “thank you!” You and others have been incredibly kind to this “interesting” sister–I only hope I can make you all proud.

        God bless you with riches to equal your abundant heart!

      2. Dearest Caddo – How could I NOT put you on the list? I’m just sorry it went out incomplete and with some missing links the first time. I called your name, but you couldn’t here me over the longhorns!
        I figure if Meryl Steep can have 17 Oscar nominations, why shouldn’t you get another 6 or 9 or 11 blog awards! πŸ˜€
        ~ Debbie

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